written by Elise Miller, EdM
Widespread water contamination from lead in Flint, Michigan, and the huge methane leak in Aliso Canyon, California, have dominated media headlines in recent weeks. The oft-repeated response given to questions of why these situations weren’t addressed earlier has been: It would have been too costly. With this mindset, the government agencies and others responsible did not do anything, and even covered up how bad the situations were, until major health crises erupted. Of course these events are not anomalies. Sadly this is true for thousands of communities around the US and elsewhere because there is little economic incentive to invest in prevention-oriented actions.
The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have honored A Story of Health multimedia eBook/continuing education course with an “Excellence in Communications” award.
NCEH and ATSDR are agencies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award was given at the annual NCEH/ATSDR Honor Awards on February 3, 2016, to A Story of Health Team for excellence in communication for the development of a medical education product that highlights the importance of environmental health.